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Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – April Week 2

By in News posted Oct April 13th, 2014 No comments

Lim Chang Jung repeats as No. 1 for the second week in a row with “Ordinary Song.” In another wide open week last week in which different songs were winning on various music shows, “Ordinary Song” was clearly the most consistent song amongst music charts and was able to win again. Congratulations to Lim Chang Jung.

Moving up three spots to No. 2 is Orange Caramel’s “Catallena.” This song dropped to No. 5 last week and was able to rebound three spots up to second this week, just ten points below “Ordinary Song.” Historically, Orange Caramel’s songs have done well and also fared better than After School’s songs on our chart. This time is no exception. Let see if “Catallena” can move up to the top spot next week.

There are four new songs in the top 10, all by non-idol artists

PD Explains Difference Between BEAST’s “Showtime” And EXO’s “Showtime”

By in News posted Oct April 11th, 2014 No comments

BEAST will be returning to meet with their fans through a reality show!

On April 10, BEAST attended a press conference for their upcoming MBC Every1 reality show, “Showtime.” After wrapping up their promotions for “Shadow” last year, BEAST plans to make their comeback in May, making it ten months since the group last reunited for official activities. But before making their official comeback, fans will get a chance to catch up with the BEAST members through, “Showtime!”

PD Jang Jae Hyuk said during the press conference, “BEAST is already a top idol group. Just the fact that they’re BEAST will make the program television-worthy. Fans will also be able to see unexpected sides to BEAST as well if they watch the show. When EXO was on ‘Showtime,’ the atmosphere was fresh and not very organized, but even during the first recording BEAST was able to deliver a stable and full performance

SNSD Tiffany and 2PM Nichkhun vs. SNSD Yoona and Lee Seung Gi

By in News posted Oct April 10th, 2014 No comments

After featuring fictional couples and scandal-ridden pairs, two real-life idol couples are going head-to-head in this week’s Battle.

Not only are the contenders in the Battle of the Cutest Idol Couple two members of the same top girl group, they’re in opposite corners of the ring, so vote wisely!

SNSD Tiffany and 2PM Nichkhun

The weather outside isn’t warming up as fast as we’d like it to, but the K-Pop world is getting hotter by the day, as SNSD’s Tiffany and 2PM’s Nichkhun are the latest idol couple to go public with their relationship.

As soon as news broke that the two idols were an item, Tiffany and Nichkhun coolly confirmed the rumors. While the news may have left many boys and girls heartbroken, the fans weren’t so surprised.

SNSD Yoona and Lee Seung Gi

Tiffany, however, is preceded by member Yoona (Sooyoung also confirmed she was in a relationship with actor Jung Kyung Ho), who was in the spotlight earlier this year, when she confirmed she is dating singer and actor Lee Seung Gi after paparazzi photos of the couple surfaced

‘Three Days’ Rakes in Over 200 Million Views in China

By in News posted Oct April 10th, 2014 No comments

Three Days has not only ranked number one out of dramas airing on Wednesdays and Thursdays but it has also become a big hit in China.

According to China’s Youku, which has purchased the copyrights to the drama,Three Days has already reached 180 million views as of April 9, before the drama even reached the halfway point.

Three Dayshas also raked in 68 million views on another Chinese streaming site Tudouas of April 9, with the drama earning a total of around 240 million views in the country.

Three Days has also been receiving high ratings. Starting with 9.3 rating, the drama hit a 9.5 rating last week, the highest score for any Korean drama so far.

With the increasing popularity of Three Days, lead actor Park Yoo Chun’s other drama Rooftop Prince has resurfaced on the drama chart again after two years, ranking number 7

B2ST Reveals How It Will Differ from EXO on ‘Showtime’

By in News posted Oct April 10th, 2014 No comments

Chosen as the next idol group to be featured on Showtime, B2ST revealed how it intends to surpass EXO, who featured in the first season.

B2ST attended press conference for MBC Every1’s Showtime-Burning the B2ST on April 10 at IFC mall in Yeouido.

When a reporter asked what are some of B2ST’s charms that can surpass that of EXO, Yoon Du Jun answered, “We promoted for a longer time so we are probably more natural and experienced in front of cameras.”

Yang Yo Seop said, “We also have half as many members, so you can focus more on each member.”

Song Dong Woon added, “There are many things we haven’t been able to share for the past four years. You’ll be able to enjoy many episodes we’ve built up until now.”

Photo credit: enews/ Hea Jung Min

Eric Nam Breaks Out of the Mold with ′Ooh Ooh′

By in News posted Oct April 10th, 2014 No comments

After 15 months since his last single, Eric Nam is finally back - not that it ever seemed like he was really away.

Appearing on television every week, interviewing top international stars, and greeting overseas fans through various programs, Eric Nam has been working hard, and working a lot - but not quite in the capacity that he wanted.

“I think last year was a very difficult and trying year for me personally and professionally, on many levels,” said Eric Nam, in an interview with Mwave’s enewsWorld. “And part of that came from the fact that I came and signed as a singer and .. I wasn’t singing. To be releasing one song a year, and this song 15 months after that song - as a singer, it’s very depressing in a way. It’s disheartening.”

But thankfully, Eric Nam’s latest single, Ooh Oohhas already been garnering a positive response, despite, or perhaps, because of, the different direction he’s gone since releasing his soft ballad, Heaven’s Door

B2ST Gets Wild for ′Showtime′

By in News posted Oct April 10th, 2014 No comments
preview nextview 1/17 preview nextview Yong Jun Hyung keeps cool

The members of B2ST gathered at the Yeouido CGV in Seoul on April 10 to talk about its new MBC Every1 variety show Showtime - Burning the B2ST.

Photo credit: Hea Jung Min

Too cool, Yong Jun Hyung

The members of B2ST gathered at the Yeouido CGV in Seoul on April 10 to talk about its new MBC Every1 variety show Showtime - Burning the B2ST.

Photo credit: Hea Jung Min

Yoon Du Jun puts a peace sign up

The members of B2ST gathered at the Yeouido CGV in Seoul on April 10 to talk about its new MBC Every1 variety show Showtime - Burning the B2ST

EXO Performs Alongside Chinese Top Stars at Jackie Chan’s Benefit Concert

By in News posted Oct April 7th, 2014 No comments

Popular idol group EXO attracted much interest with a spectacular performance at Jackie Chan’s benefit concert.

On April 6, EXO attended the “2014 Peace & Love & Friendship” concert held at the Beijing National Stadium.

Jackie Chan hosts the benefit concert annually, and this year, it was also held in celebration of his 60th birthday. Among the invitees were EXO, Zhang Li Yin, Kim Hee Sun, Jay Chou, Wang Lee Hom, Coco Lee, Nicholas Tse, and Jaycee Chan. Many notable Chinese celebrities attended the event along with about 10,000 people.

EXO was able to confirm its popularity in China after receiving an invitation to attend the event. The group performed “Wolf” and “Growl,” and made the audience go wild with their energetic and spectacular performance

Lee Min Ho Ranks No. 1 in China as ‘2014 Asian god’

By in News posted Oct April 7th, 2014 No comments

Lee Min Ho ranked number one as ‘2014 Asian god’ in China (as god is a term used to mean a male who seems to have perfect qualities).

According to the ‘2014 Asian god’ poll taken by Chinese entertainment press media, ddyule, between March 7 and April 6, Lee Min Ho earned 10,013,151 votes, being selected as the ‘Asian Male god.’

Kim Soo Hyun, who recently gained fame in China as the new hallyu wave star, took third place by earning 9,963,038 votes while EXO’s Kris, Lu Han, Lay and Tao also ranked their names in the second, fourth, tenth and eleventh spots, respectively.

The ‘Asian god’ poll is one of the most popular annual events in China supported by over 20 Chinese media outlets. The eleven finalists of the poll included two Korean actors, four Korean idols and five male celebs from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan

Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – April Week 1

By in News posted Oct April 6th, 2014 No comments

There is a major upset on top of the chart this week. Veteran male soloist Lim Chang Jung’s “Ordinary Song” is anything but ordinary as it moves up 20 big spots and leaps over many top idol artists to No. 1 this week. “Ordinary Song” just edged out last week’s No. 1 2NE1’s “Come Back Home” by four points. Congratulations to him.

Lim started his singing career in 1995, and reached a peak in the early 2000′s. Nearly all his album title songs reached No. 1 on the chart back then. He abruptly quit singing after releasing his 10th album in 2003 to focus on his acting career. In 2009 Lim came back to the music scene and released his 11th album. He regained a lot of popularity last year with the song “About Me.”

“Ordinary Song” is the title track of Lim Chang Jung’s 12th album, his first full length album in nearly five years

2AM’s Seulong is a hot biker in still cuts for ‘Hotel King’

By in News posted Oct April 5th, 2014 No comments
2AM"s Seulong channeled his inner bad boy as he nonchalantly posed with a motorcycle for "Hotel King"!


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Seulong looked like the heir of the hotel rather than the hotel employee with his expensive motorcycle worth 10 million KRW (~9,486 USD). His reps revealed that the idol-turned-actor is a motorcycle fanatic in reality as well, "Seulong is the type to normally enjoy riding motorcycles so upon hearing the plans to film this scene, he was very pleased... You will be able to see another charm of Seulong in the drama."


"Hotel King" portrays the story of an heiress, Ah Mo Nae (Lee Da Hae), who lives a sheltered life like a princess but a catastrophe pushes her to do all she can to protect her hotel

Block B vs. B2ST

By in News posted Oct April 3rd, 2014 No comments

Set to return with their own variety shows this month, we’re pitting two entertaining idol groups against each other in this week’s Battle.

Read on and vote for the group you’ll be tuning into every week below!

Block B

Block B is known to be no-holds-barred, and the boys will be returning to their wild ways through Mnet’s 5 Minutes Before the Zaniness Begins.

The title alone has us excited for what’s to come, and with hidden cameras everywhere to catch the Block B members as they take on idol taboos, we’re sure fans will be tuning in to get lost in all of the chaos on April 10 when it premieres on Mnet.

Check out the teaser below to see the shenanigans you have to look forward to.


B2ST

After focusing on individual projects, it’s show time for the B2ST members, who will be taking over as the new MCs of MBC Every1’s Showtime

Jung Joo Ri

By in Actress posted Oct April 2nd, 2014 No comments

Name: 정주리 / Jung Joo Ri
Profession: Actress and comedian
Birthdate: 1985-May-02

TV Shows

Reply 1997 (tvN, 2012) (cameo)
Poseidon (KBS2, 2011) (cameo)
Ojakgyo Brothers (KBS2, 2011) (cameo)
More Charming by the Day (MBC, 2010)
Tempted Again (MBC, 2009)

Movies

The ESP Couple (2008, cameo)


Infinite to Release an Instrumental Album, “The Origin”

By in News posted Oct April 1st, 2014 No comments

Infinite will be releasing an instrumental album called “The Origin.” Infinite’s agency Woollim Entertainment said, “’The Origin,’ an instrumental album with Infinite’s most representative songs, will be released on April 10, and album pre-orders will start online on April 1. It will be a 30,000 copy limited edition.” “The Origin,” amidst the prejudice that idol music is light and is not listened to after trends pass, is an independent and musically mature venture by Infinite. This is the first venture of this sort by any Korean artist.

“The Origin” is made up of three CDs, black, white, and gold, and with ten songs per CD, there are a total of 30 songs in the album. The white CD consists of pure ballads, the black, intense and powerful music, and the gold, fun and upbeat dance music

FTISLAND Appears on Thai Talk Show “Rueng Lao Chao Nee”

By in News posted Oct March 29th, 2014 No comments

Idol band FTISLAND has recently participated in filming one of Thailand’s most popular talk shows.

Their agency FNC Entertainment announced on March 28 that the members had appeared on “Rueng Lao Chao Nee” on the very same day. The show airing on TV3 is known for attracting viewer ratings over 70%, and it is often dubbed the most popular morning program of Thailand.

An MC of the program introduced the group, “FTISLAND is a Korean superstar band. They are young, but they are outstandingly talented group that has their own distinctive style.”

Back in 2007 when the band debuted, they held an official showcase in Thailand, attracting a large crowd of local fans.

During their stop in Thailand, FTISLAND will be holding a concert titled “FTHX” in Bitec Hall 106 on March 29 at 6pm local time

CNBLUE’s “I’m Sorry” Is One of 2013′s Most Loved Songs in Taiwan

By in News posted Oct March 29th, 2014 No comments

Idol band CNBLUE‘s “I’m Sorry” has been confirmed as the most loved Korean song in Taiwan last year.

According to an announcement made by FNC Entertainment on March 26, Taiwanese ranking show Hit FM recently revealed the top 100 favorite songs on 2013. CNBLUE confirmed their popularity by landing on the sixth spot on the list.

Out of the 100 most played tracks, 54 songs are sung in Chinese, 18 tracks are from Indonesia, and the rest are from various countries. A total of 17 Korean songs made it to the list, and CNBLUE’s “I’m Sorry” ranked the highest among them.

Hit FM 100 is an annually released Taiwanese chart that ranks the year’s hits. The lists tend to include a mix of Chinese, Korean, other Asian, and Western songs, and the songs are chosen through number of plays on the radio, the album sales, and an internet poll

Block B to Star in Their Own Live Reality TV Show, “5 Minutes Before Chaos”

By in News posted Oct March 28th, 2014 No comments

Male idol group Block B is taking a stab at ‘idol taboos.’

On April 10, the group will appear in the first episode of their live reality TV show Mnet 3-ScreenBlock B’s 5 Minutes before Chaos,” where they will be setting up hidden cameras, doing various missions, etc. With the pranks and missions, Block B will be boldly strolling into territory that idols usually want to avoid: confirming rumors about members with hidden cameras, putting the members dating skills to the test with blind dates, and more.

When the broadcast starts, Block B will watch their own their own antics on screen, and their reactions watching the pre-recorded missions and activities will be broadcast live online at the same time as the TV broadcast. Moreover, the show is a ‘3-screen’ program, meaning viewers will be able to communicate with Block B during the broadcast through SNS on TV, PC, and mobile platforms

B2ST to Continue ‘Showtime’ Season 2

By in News posted Oct March 26th, 2014 No comments

For the first time in four years, B2ST will have its own exclusive variety program.

According to broadcast affiliates on March 26, B2ST will be continuing season two of MBC Every1’s Showtime as the new MCs. The first season was hosted by EXO, bringing in much popularity and ratings.

It was revealed through online communities that the group was spotted filming for the program as well.

This isn’t B2ST’s first exclusive variety program as B2ST previously appeared on MTV’s B2ST in 2009 and MBC Every1’s Idol Maid in 2010.

The new season of Showtime is set to begin on April 10.

Photo Credit: Cube Entertainment

Shinhwa Owns the Weekend, miss A’s Min and SNSD’s Hyoyeon Chill and More

By in News posted Oct March 24th, 2014 No comments
preview nextview 1/11 preview nextview The weekend was filled with festivities as one legendary idol group returned to the concert stage, while another hot girl group heat up Hong Kong.

Read about it all in today’s Twitter Roundup.

Eric Nam posted a photo on his Instagram, following his appearance on Challenge! 1000 Songs, on March 23, writing “I was able to film ‘Challenge! 1000 Songs’ with ease and had fun thanks to Lee Sang Mi nuna!!!!!^^ Thanks for your hard work, nuna~~.”

A Pink’s Bomi shared two photos via the group’s official Facebook page on March 24, writing “Rong mama and Bbomi in the rehearsal room hahahaha Chu~~~~~~Wait just a little bit”

B2ST’s Yang Yo Seop hit the gym and tweeted a photo to prove it on March 24, writing “Morning workout!”

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Infinite’s L Plays Rock-Paper-Scissors for Charity Campaign

By in News posted Oct March 23rd, 2014 No comments

News like this is always good to read! Infinite‘s L has donated his time and talents to a good cause- Green Umbrella Children’s Foundation‘s (Child Fund Korea) “Love, Plus One” campaign that matches sponsors with more sponsors.

The “Love, Plus One” campaign urges social groups to donate together, such as a family, couple, friends, and colleagues, to support needy children around the world.

Infinite L commented through the campaign, “I think giving done together, rather than alone, brings much happiness. I want to deliver hope and the message that Infinite is always supporting children around the world that are in need. We will go wherever and whenever we are needed.”

Other celebrities who have donated their time and talent to this cause are actresses Bae Doo Na and Park Bo Young, and rock group Crying Nut